There are many faux wood shutters available, but what’s the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that look worse and worse [[over time|as time goes on]39?
The trick is to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Good faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
All new faux wood shutters seem great when first put up. However, shutters that are composed of inferior materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to sag, chip, splinter, or discolor. Low-quality shutters definitely can’t hold up in heavily used rooms or in climates that have high heat, cold, or moisture.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that don’t warp, discolor or break. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-humidity or varying-temperature spaces. Checking the warranty should be the most accurate way to check the quality of a faux wood shutter. Companies that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their products because they only use the best materials.
Good faux wood wipes down easily
Dusting is similar for most faux wood plantation shutters. But in-depth cleaning comes with another set of problems. Vinyl and other cheap materials will absorb some liquid when wiped down with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and grime so that they are harder to keep clean.
Companies that produce quality window treatments make sure that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem magazine worthy. Quality faux wood should be completely moisture resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it will wipe off with a little water or liquid cleaner.
Quality faux wood is energy efficient
When you lower your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a remarkable difference in air flow and heat loss. The non-hollow louvers and dense materials will help stop UV rays that increases the temperature and heat loss that can make a room chilly. The top faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with a low quality material doesn’t demonstrate the same energy benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. Over time, substandard shutters can start to warp and permanently separate the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a shoddy faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Call a Phoenix representative and get a great faux wood plantation shutter
Finding a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can pick the right quality faux wood shutter for your rooms. To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 480-485-7743 today.